Oroville Dam Has Received an Unsatisfactory Rating Due to Safety Deficiencies

FILE--In this Nov. 30, 2017, file photo, work continues on the Oroville Dam spillway, in Oroville, Calif. California water officials say they may have to use the partially rebuilt spillway at Oroville Dam for the first time since they began repairs to the badly damaged structure last summer. Department of Water Resources officials said Tuesday, April 3, 2018, that anticipated storms could send trigger releases this week or next. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)


The Oroville Dam is receiving an unsatisfactory rating for the second consecutive year. A new report on the safety of more than 12-hundred dams statewide found only one dam listed as unsatisfactory because of safety deficiencies, and that was Oroville. Meanwhile, workers continue to reconstruct the spillway that collapsed in February 2017. The incident forced an evacuation of around 180-thousand people living downstream.